The Healthy Bladder and Bowel Habits in Schools project aims to raise awareness of healthy bladder and bowel habits among Australian primary schools. A key initiative of the project has been the development of the Toilet Tactics Kit (based on the UK Bog Standard with permission from ERIC).
The aim of the kit is to raise awareness of healthy bladder and bowel habits in schools and to improve or maintain the standard of school toilets across Australia. A pilot of the kit was conducted in six primary schools across South Australia and Victoria. All participating primary schools found the Toilet Tactics Kit to be a useful resource which they would use again.
In addition to the Toilet Tactics Kit which contains a wealth of resources for schools and health professionals we have also developed a series of tools for health professionals. These include:
For more information on any aspect of the Healthy Bladder and Bowel Habits in Schools project please contact us 03 9347 2522 or email the Continence Foundation.
A resource for primary school staff focussed on the promotion of healthy bladder and bowel habits at school. Learn how to recognise the signs a child may be experiencing bladder or bowel issues and how to handle the situation effectively and sensitively. Increase your knowledge and feel more confident to discuss bladder and bowel health issues at school.
Janine Armocida is a registered nurse and midwife who holds a Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Child and Family Health Nursing) and a Graduate Certificate in Urological and Continence Nursing. Janine currently works as a Maternal and Child Health Nurse at an early parenting centre and is a continence nurse advisor on the National Continence Helpline. To view the video, head to the Australian Continence Exchange.
As part of the Healthy Bladder and Bowel Habits in Schools project, the Continence Foundation of Australia has been working closely with KidsMatter to help promote children's mental health and wellbeing. KidsMatter recently launched a new website – kidsmatter.edu.au – to help families, health and community professionals, primary schools and early childhood education and care (ECEC) services support children’s mental health and wellbeing.
The website showcases the work of KidsMatter – a mental health and wellbeing framework for primary schools and ECEC services – that research shows has led to significant improvements in children’s mental health, wellbeing and educational outcomes.
With specific sections for families and for health and community professionals, KidsMatter online contains parenting information and tips on more than 40 topics affecting children, including fears and worries, dealing with anger, making friends, starting school and more.
These resources may be particularly beneficial for health and community professionals working with children and their families. KidsMatter is looking to connect primary schools and ECEC services with additional mental health and wellbeing support in their local areas, and welcomes discussion with interested organisations in the health and community sector.
To access the parenting information sheets or to discuss partnership opportunities, go to the Kids Matter website.